Jèrriais in primary schools
A great deal of progress has been made in the teaching of Jèrriais over the past four years and now the Jèrriais Teaching Service wants to build on that momentum and move closer to what is ultimately our primary objective to create new speakers of Jèrriais.
Therefore, in 2021 the Jèrriais Teaching Service is launching a new pilot programme in primary schools.
The Jèrriais Teaching Service will pilot cross-curricular Jèrriais themed lessons across five Hub Schools after Easter 2021. The lessons will take place in the afternoons in key stage 2 and, as well as Jèrriais language content, they will incorporate other aspects of the Jersey Curriculum, including Jersey history and geography, drama, music, art and PE.
From September 2021 the five Jèrriais Hub Schools will be host to weekly Pallions. These after school clubs, serving children from the hub schools and their surrounding areas, will run from 3.30pm until 4.15pm.
Lessons will be fun using games-based activities that aim to introduce the language to new learners as well as consolidate the learning of children participating in the cross-curricular project in schools.
Children who attend these Pallions will have the opportunity to enter two annual language festivals; the Jèrriais Eisteddfod in the Spring and another later in the year.
We are delighted that Plat Douet School has agreed to host an intensive Jèrriais pilot programme, whereby Jèrriais will be taught across the whole school with strong focus in the Foundation Stage. One specialist Jèrriais teacher will be joining the team after Easter 2021 and will work to weave the language into the fabric of the school. Children will be introduced to the language in nursery and reception and go on to receive weekly half-hour lessons throughout key stages 1 and 2.